[News] 22-year-old Palestinian 8th to be killed by Israeli forces in massive Gaza protests

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  22-year-old Palestinian 8th to be killed by Israeli forces in massive
  Gaza protests

March 30, 2018 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779988
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and killed a 22-year-old 
Palestinian from Gaza on Friday afternoon, bringing thedeath toll 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779984>to eight, as thousands 
of Palestinians took to the border with Israel in what is being called 
"The Great March of Return," 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779985>as Palestinian refugees 
demand their right to return to their homelands inside historic 
Palestine, now present-day Israel.

Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health released 
a statement identifying the eight slain Palestinian as Abd al-Fattah abd 

Meanwhile, al-Qidra reported that over 500 Palestinians had been 
injured. Leading up to the march, the Israeli army released a statement 
saying it had declared the border area along Gaza a “closed military 
zone,” meaning that any Palestinian who got close to the border fence 
could risk getting shot.

The Israeli army released statements on Twitter describing the protests 
as “violent riots.”

“17,000 Palestinians are rioting in 5 locations along the Gaza Strip 
security fence. The rioters are rolling burning tires and hurling 
firebombs & rocks at the security fence & IDF troops, who are responding 
w riot dispersal means and firing towards main instigators,” the 
statement said.

Despite the Israeli army’s claims, Palestinian activists and leaders in 
the Gaza Strip have maintained that the “March of Return” was organized 
as a massive non-violent, weeks-long protest advocating for the return 
of Palestinian refugees to their original homelands in historic 
Palestine, now present day Israel.

Leading up to Friday, the first official day of the march -- which will 
continue until the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, in May 
-- Palestinians set up tents along the border with Gaza, where 
protesters plan to stay until the Nakba anniversary.
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